The service of Evensong is sung to the traditional prayer book service of 1662 from The Book of Common Prayer. It is made up of the following elements:
Preces – a series of verses and responses including the Gloria Patri.
A portion of the psalter, i.e. one or more prose psalms, concluding with the Gloria Patri.
Two readings from the Bible. The first is usually taken from the Old Testament and the second from the New Testament.
Two canticles, one after each of the lessons, usually the Magnificat and the Nunc dimittis, each concluding with the Gloria Patri.
The Apostles’ Creed.
Several chanted prayers and responses. These include the Kyrie Eleison and the Lord’s Prayer, followed by several verses and responses and the collect of the day and two additional collects (prayers) .
An anthem following the third collect.
Additional spoken prayers.
Three hymns are also sung.